Reconciliation: Queer, Agnostic, and Indian

These thoughts have always been tumbling through my brain perilously. I have vague memories of those first moments, when some alien crevice erupted with thoughts and feelings I couldn’t understand. I had cracked open something that let loose a glimpse into my core. I thought I had drowned these thoughts, but they bubbled up, and…

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Why You Need to Get Involved in Your Local Political Space

That night, there was a special electricity in the air. I felt the push of bony shoulders, similar to a crowded concert. In spite of such a packed house, there was a low murmur of anticipation as we waited for the final results to come in, ward by ward, one by one. While we gathered,…

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Nine Crows and The Godavari

Monsoons seize the trees of palm Clouds stand not alone behind the red curtain sun I swim with the black widowed crows Across the farm, a house rests on generational bones The familiar taste of sandalwood Burns in my throat and I think, I am home They ask, did you miss home? Two-eyed fish, banana…

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Kintsugi & T(h)ea

I find our tribal human mind will always fight against the heart, missing the soul of the matter at hand. Unless the steady mentor’s brush meets the tree’s gold-infused sap, patiently stroking our scars to rejoin us we remain broken, shards of ceramic tea pots, waitingto pair our bitter matchawith their coupled sweet. __ This…

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Epigenetic Reverb

{{{strong shimmer…..}  there will be no genocide today.  no martyrs to make. We do not waste time on trifles.Leap, my daughter, from yourself.Fly off the edge of tonight’s Mount\ed Araratif that’s what it takes. We do not fret for your fall.The anchoring foothills of Noah’s long journey are soft. We do not recommend you ignore…

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The Exclusion In Inclusive Spaces

Being in an all-female Facebook group with thousands of members is tough. The daily drill is almost nauseous. A provocative post, ruffled norms, offended egos, ad hominem thrown left, right, and center. The better ones have policies against such abusive activity — policies that are often selectively applied to the advantage of a particular troupe.…

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Let’s Talk: Uncomfortable or Homophobic?

There is a fine line between hate and discomfort, and it is time we learn the difference. “A faggot is not a homosexual male. A faggot is any male who acts like a female… and even if I am homophobic… so what?!” -Azealia Banks Homophobia is defined as “having or showing a dislike or prejudice…

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Say His Name: Elijah Al-Amin

By now, I’m sure you all have heard of, and hopefully not forgotten, the tragic story of Elijah Al-Amin, the young Arizona boy killed on Independence Day because of his decision to play a certain genre of music. A man slit the throat of the 17-year-old because of the “threatening” music. The accused threat? Rap…

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